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Thomas Pendleton loves his wife, Ann, and six-year-old son, Seth, more than anything, but his job often makes him an absent husband and father. One day, after Thomas leaves on a business trip, his wife and son are killed in a car accident. Thomas shuts himself off from the world and is at home grieving when a cosmic storm enters Earth's atmosphere. Scientists are baffled by its composition and origins, but not nearly as much as they are by the storm's side effect: Anyone who has died and chosen not to cross over is suddenly visible and can interact with the living.

Ann does not return, but Seth does, and Thomas sees it as a miraculous second chance to spend time with his son and keep the promises he had previously broken. They set out on a trip to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., but little do they know that they are traveling headlong into a social and political maelstrom that will test Thomas in ways he could never imagine. Along the way, they come face to face with armed kidnappers who want Seth for his supernatural abilities, meet up with a medium, the ghost of a slave boy, and encounter none other than Abraham Lincoln.

Citing an overpopulation problem caused by the Impalpables, the government begins to take drastic measures. Military scientists have a device called the Tesla Gate that is said to return Impals to where they were before the storm. Many have nicknamed the controversial machine "the shredder" because no one really knows if it will do what it is reputed to, or if it will instead shred the Impals - effectively destroying the soul. Thomas is determined to do everything possible to save Seth, or at the very least, ensure that Seth doesn't have to endure his sentence alone....

©2014 John D. Mimms (P)2017 John D. Mimms

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A real Sci-fi tear jerker

Such a well thought out story-line and i'm glad to hear it's the first in a trilogy - i will be searching the next one out for my next download. The story is an emotional roller-coaster with excellent characters - all brought to life with great narration.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Wow

Listened to this book, as I’m a fan of Jake Urry’s superb narration skills. I’m not disappointed! What a story!

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Exquisite

This is the most wonderful and heart warming book I've listened to in years. The concept is inspired; your deceased loved ones coming back to be with you. Discovering that they never really left, but hung about, taking care and watching over you. I had to stop listening on numerous occasions so I could have a little weep at the thought of any of my departed family possibly coming back and how marvellous that would be. Jake Urry does a magnificent performance as Thomas Pendleton. This is a beautifully composed, thought provoking tale of one man's love for his son. It will resonate with every working parent and anybody who has ever lost someone close to them. There should be a multiple tissue warning with this book. Five bright, shiny stars for a story that touched my heart and will stay there for a very long time.

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Surprisingly enjoyable

When I first started istening to this I thought I'm not going to like this because I'm not a big fan of science fiction. However I left it playing and I was pleasantly surprised. Mr Urry has one of the most haunting/emotive voices on audible and he sucked me in. I found looking forward to going back to it (when I had to join the real world). The story is one that makes us all want it to be real. John Mimms has written a reat story that I would highly recommend.

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I would do anything for Seth

What might happen if the dead came back to life? Not everyone, just those who had died but not yet ',crossed over'. And not zombies, nothing like. instead they are as they had been in life, same hopes and likings, and loves. Some problems, yes. A little insubstantial, perhaps, but more than mere ghosts.
And how would their loved ones respond? Would they be glad to have their husband, wife, father, mother, grandparent, son or daughter back when, perhaps they had moved on after the passing of time? And what of those for whom no-one returned? Could they accept the presence of those others?

This intriguing story focuses on one father who found out, too late, how much he had neglected his wife and child too late, only to have a second chance when his son came back to him. Read by the excellent Jake Urry, who is both sinister and sweet at the same time, this book is unusual, a little frightening and full of the love of a father for his son.
My thanks to the rights holder of The Tesla Gate for freely gifting me a complimentary copy. It is science fiction of the type to make the reader think and empathise with the characters caught up in something beyond their control. Recommended.

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Paranormal Sci-fi with a Difference

Part paranormal, part ghost story, part sci-fi, this book was very different from most of the other books I read. Telling the story of Thomas and his son Seth who has come back to visit him from the after life, it made you think about making the most of what you have now, and what you could do with second chances. Charting their story and Thomas' wish to keep his promise to Seth, it had both heart-warming and scary moments with a range of interesting characters. The narration was great and really suited the characters. I wasn't aware this is part of a trilogy so will be looking out for the others to continue the story.

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Very different and original - brilliantly narrated

I have to admit, I don’t think I would have picked this up, were it not for Jake Urry, one of my favourite narrators, doing the audio book. However, I ended up thoroughly enjoying myself - the narration is as ever top notch, even though it took me a surprised minute to tune into Jake’s (flawless) American accent. The story itself is very different from what I expected, although I’m not sure what I did expect, quite sweet actually without diving into cheesy, the SciFi being largely incidental, kind of a mix of warm-hearted father and son relationship study, ghost story, and government conspiracy with a good bit of sadness and humour both and a highly intriguing ending. Great start to a very original series!

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Wonderful

WARNING - Before you start reading/listening to this book make sure you have a box of issues handy! This isn't my usual genre, but I will listen to anything narrated by the fabulous Jake Urry! Anyway I absolutely loved this book which is a beautifully written story which is a mix of scifi thriller and ghost story. The characters are amazing, and I felt a real emotional connection to them. It's all about second chances and makes you wonder how you would react if you got the chance to see your deceased loved ones again. Excellent narration, as always, by Jake Urry.

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Science fiction and the paranormal blended well

This is a relationship story with a science fiction/paranormal setting. It's excellent. It's an emotional book and as a father I found myself putting myself in the position of Thomas. It's very well written and has a great pace to the book. There are plot twists and turns that keep you guessing and there are at the conclusion of the book some questions that you want answering that will nicely lead us into books 2 and 3. The characters are great. I like the ones I'm supposed to and want to see justice wrought on those that I don't. It's got some humour in that way that King and Koontz can bring it out in their works. I did make me reflect on life after death and the implications of what's happening in the book which I think is a sign of a good book. I really enjoyed it. The narrator was excellent giving the book even more emotion and tension all in the right parts. It's a voice that draws you into the story and keeps you listening. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • trixie
  • 12-12-17

The Tesla Gate

A paranormal thriller combines science fiction, horror and a fantastical premise with a heart-wrenching relationship story about a father and his son. Add some great moments of humor, and a ton of insight into what death means and how we "deal" with it, those of us living, anyway, and you have all the mixings of a great new series.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 07-12-17

this book made me cry it's not fair

I loved this book so much so enticing so great such a beautiful concept I never would of Imagine I would read this kind of book and will like it but I did it was so sad the acceptance did the people we lost are here with us but they are not really with us I have listened to this book with my heart in my throat it was very emotional and a perfect perfect absolutely perfect book

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  • Matthew
  • 27-12-17

Creepy and interesting, but waiting for other shoe

First off, let me say that Jake Urry is SO good in this production. He owns this story, and it is a shame that the sequels do not feature his amazing, rumbling tones.

The story requires quite a large amount of "suspension of disbelief" to be sure. It has complexities, compelling characters, and strong story arcs. All that said, I have this nagging feeling, somewhere, somehow, that there is a religious/evangelical aspect looming in the background ( which is fine, it's just mildly off-putting to know it is there, without actually being expressed.)

Maybe it is just me, and normal cynicism, but there you have it. A strong offering notwithstanding.

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  • Gary H
  • 20-12-17

Nicely tear-jerking

This book is based on the premise of a gate opening up and the travelers worrying about losing people just as you really get to appreciate them. This is a refreshing sci-fi book with a narrator who appropriately matches his voice to the situation. I look forward to more books by the author and narrator as I love listening to audiobooks when there is a good story and good reader.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • Drew
  • 12-12-17

Easy read (listen)

The accent king!!! Let me begin by saying this narrator can do any accent known to man. I enjoyed his tone and I felt like I knew the characters better because of him. The book was great. I like the way he brought history and supernatural together. If you like good books give this a listen. I was giving this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Teresa
  • 26-02-18

A Truly Fantastic Book!

I was given a free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This is a book that it's destinate to become a classic. It is truly remarkable, well-written and masterfully performed. The story will keep you at the edge until the very end and the interspersed historic characters will add the extra twist to the narrative to make it even more enjoyable. In this story vaguely reminiscent of "The Road" (one of my all time favorite), you will find drama you don't expect and fatherly love that continues behind the grave. I'll need to listen to it again, it was so good. Thanks John Mimms for giving us such a valuable piece of literature.

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  • Johnny
  • 01-01-18

The tesla gate

Really interesting premise! Very emotional story of a man and his son. The narration was really great and I loved the effects they did to portray the voices of the deceased. I was given this Audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Eddie Mittelstedt
  • 18-12-17

Ghosts ARE real

What would happen if all the ghosts became visible? That’s the amazing idea for this book. It is told from the first-person perspective of a father and husband; someone who would die for their family. The father, Thomas, also has some misaligned priorities: he puts work before family, but he does it so he can provide nice things for his family. A lot of men are this way - missing a soccer game or recital because of work. It’s the working-father's curse, and it weighs heavily on Thomas’ conscience.

Then, the nightmare of every father and husband happens. And this book takes off like a dragster.

It’s a well-written book, with emotion flowing from the pages at every turn. It kept me interested and enthralled with every scene. I loved this. I could relate to Thomas. I could see myself doing exactly what he does, make the same choices he makes.

Jake Urry presents an interesting audio journey as the narrator. When the book first starts Jake speaks in his natural voice, which has a heavy English accent. And the way he talks is low, slow and, spooky. It made me think I was listening to a Halloween story narrated by Bela Lugosi.

But that changed quickly. Once the first chapter started, a deep southern accent emanated from Mr. Urry, and it sounded pretty authentic to my non-discriminating ears. How can a narrator go from a proper English-gentleman’s accent to some Mississippi drawl in one second? Talent. Training. This guy is good. And there were no major slip-ups of the accent throughout the book. Sure, the way blokes across the pond pronounce certain words shows up here and there, but it’s not jarring at all and didn't take me out of the story. Also, the tone Mr. Urry presents during narration was full of dread and anxiety, perfectly matching the tone of the book. Great performance!

This audiobook was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • willee
  • 11-12-17

Interesting Sci-Fi/Paranormal Story

The story starts out as normal then a cosmic storm hits. A grieving Thomas Pendleton sees his son Seth (ghost/impal) who was killed in car crash along with his mother. They are then on an amazing journey meeting many more impals while they government is tracking them. They meet Abe Lincoln; see Elvis Presley as well as other ghost/impals (including a dog named Jackson) and other living. It really shows the love of a father who regrets not spending time with his family while they were alive and it making it up never to lose Seth again. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU!

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  • Keli and Jerry
  • 23-03-18

Great supernatural concept well written

When the audiobook started playing, I was immediately excited. Jake Urry, the narrator, is one of my favorites in the “last days” genre. I was not disappointed. The fear and discrimination brought on by a supernatural event is exactly what I would expect at this time in history. I emphasized with the main character and would hope I could stand strong in a similar situation. The different characters interwoven throughout the story were great! A very unique concept. For listeners who enjoy the ending neatly tied up in one book, this book will disappoint. It ended on a cliff note and I definitely will listen to the next installment. I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

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